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Benevento/Russo Live at Capitol Theatre on 2013-12-27




Joe Russo's Almost Dead

Set One:
01. intro/crowd
02. Cream Puff War ->
03. Truckin' ->
04. Dupree's Diamond Blues
05. Cumberland Blues
06. Row Jimmy ->
07. Bertha
08. Easy Wind ->
09. Shakedown Street

Set Two:
01. intro/crowd
02. Space ->
03. Scarlet Begonias ->
04. Fire On The Mountain
05. Playin' In The Band ->
06. Althea ->
07. Turn On Your Levelight
08. Terrapin Station ->
09. Terrapin Transit/At A Siding/Terrapin Flyer
10. encore break/crowd
Encore:
11. Brokedown Palace
12. outro/crowd


Collection JoeRussosAlmostDead
Band/Artist Benevento/Russo
Venue Capitol Theatre
Location Port Chester, NY

Source Audience
Lineage Schoeps cmc641xt (PAS) -> Sonosax SX-M2 -> Apogee Mini-Me -> Sound Devices 744T -> WAV (@24/96); WAV -> SoundForge Pro 10.0d (normalize, fades; 96->44.1kHz iZotope 64-Bit SRC at higher than "Highest Quality" setting w/anti-alias filter; 24->16 bit iZotope MBIT+ Dither with Ultra noise shaping, High dither settings) -> CDWav -> FLAC
Taped by Eric McRoberts
Transferred by Eric McRoberts

Notes

Joe Russo's Almost Dead:
Joe Russo - Drums, Vocals
Marco Benevento - Keys, Vocals
Scott Metzger - Guitar, Vocals
Dave Dreiwitz - Bass, Vocals
Tom Hamilton - Guitar, Vocals

There is a higher quality 24 bit version of this recording available here: https://archive.org/details/jrad2013-12-27.cmc641.flac24

Reviews

Reviewer: @bryontreece - - May 29, 2014
Subject: Best GD Cover Ensemble EVER!!!
I just cannot get enough of this recording. It makes me really regret being out of town for the holidays last year. I would love to have been there. There's just something about the performances of these old tried & true songs that brings them a new life that I couldn't even begin to have expected. Here's to hoping that more shows in the NYC area are announced in the near future!!
Reviewer: Billy DeLyons - - December 30, 2013
Subject: Oh man....
This is So Good on so many levels...

The music never stopped.

Joe and Co.: Take this show on the road baby, Yee Haw!!!!
Reviewer: zenm00n - - December 30, 2013
Subject: Powerful
This is a great show, G.D. music served with taste, subtlety, high energy and conviction!
Reviewer: jrenfield76 - - December 29, 2013
Subject: Almost Dead lives again
Could not make it this year, but so thankful you recorded it, Another great energy sounding show from the guys. I hope the tour with it. thanks again.
Reviewer: China99 - - December 29, 2013
Subject: More Shows Please!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this fine audience recording. I was late and got to the show at the start of the second set. The hype was justified. This band plays the Dead with an energy that has to be experienced. It was an appreciative crowd and the band seemed to really enjoy taking the audience for a ride.
Reviewer: PeteStuart - - December 29, 2013
Subject: Excellent
Amazing show, special thanks to the taper that posted this. Much appreciated.
Reviewer: Go6stopper - - December 29, 2013
Subject: Round 2
In just the second show from Joe Russo's Almost Dead, a collection of very talented (while shamefully unknown) musicians, JRAD delivers another homage to what the primal Grateful Dead could have sounded like if they had access to all of the material through, in this show's case, the Go to Heaven album ('80).

Joe Russo, gets off the Furthur bus with Bob and Phil, and gets picked up by some rock contemporaries, driven by his Duo partner, and just about the best keyboard player around - Marco Benevento, guitar slingers - Scott Metzger (Rana/Wolf!) and Tommy Hamilton (Brothers Past/American Babies) share vocal duties, as Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) - drops Phil's bass bombs with John Kahn-like precision. While the songbook is relatively new for all but Russo, the chemistry is
not, as the same core lineups from Bustle in Your Hedgerow (Led Zeppelin) & The Complete Last Waltz (The Band), these guys, again explore a book of songs that is even more ripe for musical exploration, providing a vehicle for improvisation discovery over challenging terrain that is absent from current music popular music.
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Set I - Highlights - Cream Puff->Truckin'-> Dupree's Diamond Blues, a great Row Jimmy.

The highly anticipated return of JRAD starts off with a hot and sweaty Cream Puff War lead by some great guitar work, that promptly morphs into a monster Truckin', where the boys can't seem to get enough and stretch this one out to an 18 min ride before segueing into a surprising and funky Dupree's Diamond Blues, which the crowd gobbles up for it's unique JRAD swing.

After a hot Cumberland->Bertha, the set slows down with a great Row Jimmy, sung by Metzger, that is a real standout. The crowd pleasing Shakedown with some great lead guitar work by Hamilton caps off a strong first set.

Set II - Highlights - The entire set/Terrapin Suite.

A Marco led Space, kicks off the Second set and rides into a phenomenal reading of Scar->Fire that soars into Benevento/Russo peaks and troughs that need to be heard to see the true potential of where this band can take this material. A very respectable Playin' in the Band continues this dream set-list, but is quickly out-shined by an Althea that blows away the version from Jan. '13. As the band hits its stride, it turns in a wonderful Turn on Your Lovelight, and while the Primal Dead would have ended their set right here, JRAD goes one further. I would say that for any miscues the band has on this magical night, all can be forgiven for the perfect rendition of the Terrapin Suite that ends this monster second set. It almost seems like this piece of music was rehearsed more than anything else on the set-list, as the band rides this dragon masterfully from beginning to end, and really shows what this band could do with this material if they played night in and night out.

With a soulful Brokedown encore as the cherry on top, I can only imagine what else this band has in store for 2014.

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Please!! Please!!! For all not in attendance last night (including myself), let this band go on a full tour so we can all see and enjoy what this band could do if they played more than twice (that's right they have reached these heights in just 2 tries!). There is a reason people have been following this music for 48 or so years, and from the sounds of it these guys seem like they could be the real keepers of the flame.

3 Stars for Set I
5 Stars for Set II

Sincerely,

Bill Onka
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